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08/19/2013

A. Because you talk about it in fallacious ways, NOM!

by Jeremy Hooper

NOM's latest photo meme and question:

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The fantasy surrounding this debate has become ludicrous. Ludicrous.

NOM acts as if theirs is a simple conversation about marriage. They act as if they just want to have a nice little chit chat about cake toppers and rehearsal dinners. They pretend that they are putting forward an equally merited, constitutionally grounded, perfectly nondiscriminatory set of arguments that society should value. They want folks to see them as equal participants in some sort of civilized conversation about this form of civil licensing and which kind of taxpayer gets to apply.

It's of course all part of NOM's game to stop the obvious civil rights script from playing out. Not-so-deep-down, NOM knows that NOM's work is, in fact, discriminatory, and NOM's stewards know that this movie is playing out in a way that will paint them in a not-so-great light. Around the time Prop 8 "passed," NOM went into overdrive, attempting to stop this ongoing drama's obvious casting. So now, they claim that their goal, which is solely geared toward discriminating against the American taxpayer who loves someone of the same gender, is simply to "talk about marriage." They claim that the burden is theirs. They say that they are being persecuted, muzzled, maligned, and generally undermined by Lady Liberty and her "activist judge" gang. They pretend to be the downtrodden because they don't want people to notice how aggressively and offensively they are trying to trod on actual human beings' lives, loves, families, rights, benefits, and protections.

I say to NOM, "Rip off that damn tape and start talking!" I insist!

Only thing? NOM doesn't get to determine how this conversation plays out. That's their real problem. NOM wants to have a national dialogue that is guided by the organization's agenda and heavily ingrained Catholicism (but I repeat myself). They want to determine what we, the perceptive people, have to say about NOM. And if what we say doesn't buy into their own attempt to save face in the wake of the considerable harms that they've caused? They cry "VICTIM!" They make ridiculous memes with stock photo models baring tape over their lips.

As I said—ludicrous.

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